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Poster: Moongleam Date: Oct 20, 2011 7:40am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Can this be PD?

Shield for Murder (1954)

I cannot find a renewal for this movie at the .gov site. There is a renewal for a Kojak episode with that title.

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Poster: larus Date: Oct 20, 2011 7:49am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Can this be PD?

There's a renewal for it under the truncated name 'Shield':
Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000138987 / 1982-10-04
Renewal registration for: LP0000004239 / 1954-08-27
Title: Shield. By Camden Productions, Inc.
Copyright Claimant: United Artists Corporation (PWH)
Variant title: Shield
Names: Camden Productions, Inc.
United Artists Corporation

The original registration number cited in the renewal (LP0000004239) matches the original registration:
SHIELD FOR MURDER. Schenck-Koch Productions.
Released by United Artists Corp.
80 min., sd., b&w, 35mm. Based on the
book of the same title by William P. Mc-
Givern. Camden Productions, Inc.;
27Aug54; LP4239.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Oct 20, 2011 7:59am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Can this be PD?

Thanks. How did you know that it was also known as "Shield"?

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Poster: larus Date: Oct 20, 2011 8:53am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Can this be PD?

This is the method I used:

The last three entries among the 95 results returned by a search for "Shield for Murder" mention a renewal number:
Shield for murder / RE 138-987.

If you do a search by registration number for RE0000138987 (in the Search By box, select 'Registration Number' instead of 'Title', which is the default, and pad the number with zeroes to reach ten digits), the details of the renewal record show up.

Unfortunately, this method only works when copyright holders go through the trouble of mentioning renewal numbers in their lists.

However, I just discovered a better method:
It turns out that searches by registration number return renewal records (if any) when you search by original registration number as well. Original registration numbers can be obtained from either the decennial cumulative series CCE volumes or the yearly CCEs.
In this case, the original registration is:
SHIELD FOR MURDER. Schenck-Koch Productions.
Released by United Artists Corp.
80 min., sd., b&w, 35mm. Based on the
book of the same title by William P. Mc-
Givern. Camden Productions, Inc.;
27Aug54; LP4239.

A search by registration number for LP0000004239 (after padding with zeroes to reach ten digits) takes us straight to the renewal record. This method has the merit of working when we don't know the renewal number.

This post was modified by larus on 2011-10-20 15:53:00

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Oct 20, 2011 6:56pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Can this be PD?

Yes, that seems to be better.

If the copyright office had a single employee who knew how to program, you wouldn't have to pad the number with zeroes. It is literally idiotic to make thousands of humans do what a computer should be doing.

def normalize( reg_num )
letters = reg_num.upcase.gsub( /[^A-Z]/, "" )
digits = reg_num.gsub( /\D/, "" )
letters + (("0" * 10) + digits)[-10 .. -1]
end

p normalize( "RE 138-987" )
p normalize( "LP4239" )
p normalize( "LP0000000000000000000000004239" )
p normalize( "RE - " )

"RE0000138987"
"LP0000004239"
"LP0000004239"
"RE0000000000"



This post was modified by Moongleam on 2011-10-21 01:56:30